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Tobacco-Free Policies: Wins for Kids and Work Left to Do

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the data and health impacts of Kentucky youth tobacco use, recent policy wins to curb tobacco use among youth, and policies to consider in the 2021 Kentucky legislative session to continue improving youth health and well-being. Panelists included Bonnie Hackbarth, Vice President of External Affairs at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; Shannon Smith, Kentucky Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association; and Ben [...]

By |2020-10-14T11:35:45-04:00October 15th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impacts on Families Experiencing Domestic Violence

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on families experiencing domestic violence, including the complex dynamics within families, how neighbors and professionals can help, and resources available for survivors. Panelists included Teshanna Brown, Director of Domestic Violence Services for Center for Women and Families; Arlene Grullon, Director of Emergency Shelter for Center for Women and Families; Olivia Spradlin, Senior Program Specialist with Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and [...]

By |2020-10-08T16:24:31-04:00October 8th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Child Abuse Prevention & the TEN-4 Bruising Rule

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss child abuse prevention, including the TEN-4 bruising rule, and how the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism are impacting family safety and dynamics. Panelists include Dr. Mary Clyde Pierce, Professor of Emergency Medicine Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and co-creator of the TEN-4 Bruising Rule; Dr. Melissa Currie, Medical Director and Chief of the Kosair Charities Division [...]

By |2020-09-24T14:51:42-04:00September 24th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: An Update on Child Care

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss recent state enacted child care changes and the impact on families and providers. Panelists included Dr. Sarah Vanover, Director of the Kentucky Division of Child Care; June Widman, executive director, Appalachian Early Childhood Network; and Dawn Thompson, Assistant Director, and Kathy King, special projects manager, of Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C). Learn more about the recent child care updates and TAKE ACTION by telling your [...]

By |2020-09-16T13:41:28-04:00September 17th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Supporting Kinship Families

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss kinship care in Kentucky amidst COVID-19, the important role of support groups, and what advocates can do to stand up for kinship families. We also presented a new handbook for relative caregivers to use as a resource as they navigate caring for vulnerable children and understanding the complex child welfare system. Panelists include Mary Jo Dendy, Family Resource Center Coordinator with Fayette County Public Schools; [...]

By |2020-09-10T16:12:10-04:00September 10th, 2020|Podcast|

Making Kids Count in the 2020 Election

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we discuss the 2020 election and how you can engage local, state, and federal candidates around policies related to kids. Secretary of State Michael Adams explains this year's election procedures. We also present a new toolkit advocates can use to start conversations with candidates and discuss electoral advocacy best practices with John Tilley, former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives and served as the Secretary of [...]

By |2020-09-03T10:21:43-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Understanding and Mitigating Trauma

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we discuss the trauma of the dual pandemics--COVID-19 and racial inequities--for kids and families and what schools and community organizations can do to create supportive environments that can help build resiliency. Panelists include Dr. Kish Cumi Price, Director of Education Policy and Programming at Louisville Urban League; Raine Minichan, Interim Coordinator of Mental Health Services & Guidance Counseling with Fayette County Public Schools; and Ebony O'Rea, Trainer [...]

By |2020-08-26T14:12:53-04:00August 27th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: A Conversation with Congressman John Yarmuth

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we are joined by Chair of the U.S. House Budget Committee, Representative John Yarmuth, for a continued discussion around pending COVID-19 relief packages and more. View our COVID-19 Action Hub to take action on federal priorities for Kentucky kids and families. Review a comparison of provisions that support young children, their families, and child care providers in enacted legislation in response to COVID-19, as well as relevant [...]

By |2020-08-20T10:22:15-04:00August 20th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Federal Action Needed for Kids and Families

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we continue our discussions about priorities for kids and families as Congress debates the next federal COVID-19 relief package, including the U.S. House of Representatives' HEROES Act and the U.S. Senate's HEALS Act. To localize those ongoing federal conversations, we heard from several Kentucky leaders and advocates, including: Lisa Lee, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Medicaid; Mandy Simpson, Director of Public Policy for Metro United Way; [...]

By |2020-08-13T09:53:28-04:00August 13th, 2020|Podcast|
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